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Standard color cards commonly used

A color card is a reflection of colors that exist in nature on a certain material (such as paper, fabric, plastic, etc.). It is used for color selection, comparison, and communication. It is a tool for achieving uniform standards within a certain range of colors.


As a textile industry practitioner who deals with color, you must know these standard color cards!



Pantone color card (PANTONE) should be the color card most contacted by textile and printing and dyeing practitioners, not one of them.


Pantone is headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA. It is a world-renowned authority specializing in the development and research of color, and it is also a supplier of color systems. Professional color selection and precise communication language for plastics, architecture and interior design, etc.Pantone was acquired in 1962 by the company's chairman, chairman and CEO Lawrence Herbert (Lawrence Herbert), when it was just a small company producing color cards for cosmetic companies. Herbert published the first "Pantone Matching System" color scale in 1963. At the end of 2007, Pantone was acquired by X-rite, another color service provider, for US$180 million.


The color card dedicated to the textile industry is PANTONE TX card, which is divided into PANTONE TPX (paper card) and PANTONE TCX (cotton card).The PANTONE C card and U card are also frequently used in the printing industry.


The annual Pantone Color of the Year has already become the representative of the world's popular color!




Coloro is a revolutionary color application system developed by China Textile Information Center and jointly launched by WGSN, the world's largest fashion trend forecasting company.


Based on a century-old color methodology and more than 20 years of scientific application and improvement, Coloro was launched. Each color is coded by 7 digits in the 3D model color system. Each code representing a point is the intersection of hue, lightness and chroma. Through this scientific system, 1.6 million colors can be defined, which are composed of 160 hues, 100 lightness, and 100 chroma.




DIC color card, originated from Japan, is specially used in industry, graphic design, packaging, paper printing, architectural coating, ink, textile, printing and dyeing, design and so on.




NCS research began in 1611, and now it has become the national inspection standard in Sweden, Norway, Spain and other countries, and it is the most widely used color system in Europe. It describes colors the way the eye sees them. The surface color is defined in the NCS color card, and a color number is given at the same time.


The NCS color card can judge the basic attributes of the color through the color number, such as: blackness, chroma, whiteness and hue. The NCS color card number describes the visual properties of the color, and has nothing to do with the pigment formula and optical parameters.